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  • Diarrhea afflicts most every dog at some point in their life. Typical causes include food intolerance, stress, parasites or sickness. If your dog is otherwise healthy, you can often treat the diarrhea at home through diet modification and medications.

    Pepto-Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate)

    The same medication used to treat stomach upset in people can typically be used to help your dog get through a stomach disturbance. Pepto-Bismol can be given to dogs that do not have sensitivity to aspirin. Provide orally every 6 to 8 hours, using .5 to 1.5 ml per pound as a guideline for proper dosage.

    Kaopectate (Kaolin/Pectin)

    For dogs unable to take Pepto-Bismol due to aspirin sensitivity, the over-the-counter human medication Kaopectate can be provided instead. Provide a dose of 1 to 2 tsp. per 10 pounds of body weight every four hours. If you do not see a resolution of the diarrhea in 48 hours, take your dog to a veterinarian.

    Imodium (loperamide)

    Imodium reduces motility in the intestines. Proper dosage is .05 to 0.1 mg per pound every eight hours. If the diarrhea has not resolved in 48 hours, take your dog to a veterinarian.

    Runipoo Relief

    If you choose to treat your dog with natural ingredients, there is a product called Runipoo Relief by Pet Alive. The mixture of natural ingredients is designed to soothe the intestines and promote firm stools.

    Considerations

    Bland foods, such as brown rice and boiled chicken, should be provided with one of the previously mentioned medications to help soothe your dog's irritated bowels. Be aware that severe diarrhea puts your dog at risk for dehydration. If your dog becomes lethargic, or is having vomiting and/or bloody diarrhea, visit the veterinarian as soon as possible.

    Source:

    Dog-Health-Guide.org: Diarrhea Dog Medicine

    Vetinfo.com: Which Dog Diarrhea Medicine Has Proven Results?

    OrganicPetDigest.com: Dog Diarrhea Medicine

    More Information:

    Peteducation.com: Pepto-Bismol

    Peteducation.com: Use of Loperamide

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